Last September, I abruptly decided to give up meat. My one year vegetarian anniversary is swiftly approaching. I’m lucky that I can say it has been an easy and wonderful journey. It wasn’t that hard or too much of a surprise because I had already given up beef in high school and I gave up pork in 2006. So giving up chicken and turkey wasn’t that big of a stretch for me. Prior to giving up meat I already consumed vegetarian and vegan meals. Perhaps, my newfound vegetarianism is an acquired taste.
Many of my friends and family always ask why wasn’t it hard for me to give up meat or how can I seriously just eat vegetables all the time. The truth is I was never reliant upon meat. I could easily go to Fuddruckers or Five Guys and order a veggie burger just simply because I loved the taste. I think a big thank you should also go out to my mother who always put vegetables on my plate when I was a child.
As more and more questions are being asked in regards to transitioning to veggie land I know that the journey may not be as easy for someone else as it has been for myself. For all of my veggie-curious vixens instead of going cold turkey, like I did or gradually eliminating meat I would advise you to actually add “vegetarian friendly” meals to your diet. For example, instead of heading to your local deli and ordering a turkey roll up go for a veggie roll up instead. You can also make a day of the week “Veggie Night”. That may even just mean ordering a veggie pizza on Friday instead of going for your usual pepperoni and cheese. When you go grocery shopping pick up a few vegetarian friendly brands like Amy’s or Quorn instead of your usual. Eventually, you will naturally begin to gravitate towards vegetarian meals.